In this day and age, our vehicles are a necessity. The care and regular maintenance can become very expensive, and the cost-conscience person will want top quality at the best cost. In order to do so, you must compare prices. Comparison shopping online is one of the best ways to find good deals on tires and wheels. You can also find out what a company’s customers are saying about their products and services, including delivery services and cost. It is a good habit to read the reviews because they will tell you so much more about what actually happens when doing business with a company. There are a few things you need to know before you are ready to comparison shop for the good deals.
The Right Load Index, Speed Rate and Size
First, you have to know what you need so that you know what to look for. When looking for tires and wheels, you will need to know the size of the tires. Check in the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle or check online for the make and model of your vehicle. You can also find it on the side of your tire, assuming you have correctly sized tires on your car or truck.
You also need to locate the load index and speed rate. The speed rate indicates the maximum speed a tire is able to handle under perfect conditions. It was originally set to match the maximum speed of the vehicle. This was useful because some places did not have speed limits, and knowing the speed rate of the tires was a way of making sure your tires could do what your speedometer said the vehicle could do. The load index is the numerical value that is used to determine the relative weight capacity that the tire can handle. For example, a code of 87S means that the tire index is 1,201 pounds (87) and the speed rating is 112 mph (S) for family sedans and vans. The remaining numbers in the code (P195/60R 87S) represent the tire size.
There are many opportunities to find good deals online. Comparison shopping is just one of them. Companies are always offering package deals when you buy multiple items. For example, buying your tires and wheels together may offer a package that includes free mounting or wheel balancing. This will be a great deal since installation will be done for you. Sometimes free shipping is offered, and that is also a big savings.
Comparison shopping is always to your advantage and a great way to find good deals on tires and wheels.